Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

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Stephen Shaw

Clinical Associate Professor In Veterinary Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workSchool of Veterinary Medicine and Science
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD


I am a veterinary surgeon and qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1987. Since 1991 I have worked in dermatology, both in clinical practice and research. I have worked in private referral practice, for the Animal Health Trust and more recently in academic practice at both the University of Liverpool and here at Nottingham. From 2020 I have slowly increased my time at the UON whilst continuing in referral practice which forms part of the small animal track rotation. After a year working part-time in the pharmaceutical industry providing specialist support I remain an advisor to several veterinary pharmaceutical companies. I was co-editor on Veterinary Dermatology for over 3 years.

Throughout my career I have played a major role in the skin health of Guide Dogs and regularly visit to provide advice, treatments and to support policies for the best welfare and management of their cases.

I hold the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology and am a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. My PhD, completed in 2000, is titled The immune response in canine atopy: hypersensitivity to house dust mites [Dermatophagoides spp] led to the first objective description of the role of genetics in canine atopic dermatitis.

My clinical and research interests overlap on the related themes of canine atopic dermatitis and otitis externa.

In teaching, both in the clinical setting as well as in lecture and other formats, I hope to demonstrate my great love for my subject to inspire the next generations of vets - who will all see many dermatology cases - as well as sparking that particular interest that might lead to wanting to become a veterinary dermatologist.

Expertise Summary

• Specialist veterinary dermatologist

• Research trained clinician bringing clinical and scholarly expertise to bench researchers

• Widely acknowledged KOL in the veterinary pharaceutical industry

Teaching Summary


I teach across the five years of the undergraduate veterinary course, on the CertAVP course and provide PhD supervision in collaboration with my colleagues as well as external postgraduate CPD. I hold the postgraduate certificate in academic practice and am a fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

My main subject areas are:

  1. Dermatology
  2. Immunology
  3. Cytology and microscopy

I am the module convenor for the immunology embedded module that runs throughout the course.


  1. Examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Dermatology)
  2. Examiner for BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine
  3. Co-supervisor for ESVD Residency

Selected Publications

July 2023: Speaker at the Launch of Cortotic in Europe, Nice France.

Sept 2023: Speaker at the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology Annual Meeting Controversies in Veterinary Dermatology Allergen (-specific) immunotherapy

Dec 2023: Speaker Vet CPD Learning From the Past and Looking to the Future: Inflammatory otitis

May 2024: Cytology course

Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
College Road, Sutton Bonington, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6451